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Medvedev Axing 10% of Civil Servant Staff

Published: May 15, 2014 (Issue # 1810)



  • Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, left, and President Vladimir Putin.
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has asked the Finance Ministry to reduce the number of civil servants by 10 percent, an order published Wednesday on the cabinet website showed.

The ministry will be asked to present their proposals to the government on June 1, the order said.

The idea of introducing a 10 percent cut on personnel was first raised by Medvedev in April, who noted that Russia needed "a modern, compact and effective state personnel oriented at people's requests," Itar-Tass reported.

Civil servant jobs were last cut in 2011, when Medvedev signed a decree pledging to reduce the number of public servants by 20 percent over the next three years.

Despite the decree, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said last October that the number of civil servants had grown by 100,000 between 2008-2013, RIA Novosti reported.

According to the Federal State Statistics Service, the number of employees of state authorities and local self-government bodies totaled 1,548,062 people in 2013, Itar-Tass reported.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Sunday, Dec. 21


The Zenit St. Petersburg basketball team returns to the northern capital this evening for a matchup with Krasny Oktyabr, a Volgograd-based basketball club. Tickets for the game, which tips off at 6 p.m. this evening, can be purchased on the club’s website or at their arena, Sibur Arena, on Krestovsky island.


Satisfy your sugar cravings during Sweet New Year, an ongoing seasonal festival at the Raduga shopping center. Each weekend of December will welcome hungry visitors to taste hundreds of different kinds of desserts. Workshops are open to visitors and seasonal gifts can also be purchased for those rushing to finish their New Year shopping.



Monday, Dec. 22


Pick out the latest fashions as holiday gifts for loved ones or as early presents for yourself during the Christmas Design Sale at Kraft on Obvodny Kanal, starting on Dec. 20 and continuing through Dec. 27. Designer clothes will be on sale every day of the week or you can buy something more festive to decorate the home while sipping on hot coffee and perusing the various master classes.



Tuesday, Dec. 23


Meet Arctic explorers Fedor Konukhov and Viktor Simonov during SPIBA’s and Capital Legal Service’s event “Arctic Expedition” this morning in the Mertens House business center at 21 Nevsky Prospekt. The meeting will discuss the explorers’ ongoing eco-social project and how companies can use the project as a unique marketing opportunity. Email office@spiba.ru by Dec. 22 if you wish to attend.



Wednesday, Dec. 24


The Anglican Church of St. Petersburg we will be holding a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. led by Rev Wm. Shepley Curtis of the Episcopal Church. The service will be held at the Swedish Church at 1/3 Malaya Konyushennaya Ulitsa.



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